MONTICELLO, ARK. - Newberry College offensive lineman Heath Benedict and free safety Derrell Mills have been named to the All-Southeast Region First Team by The Don Hansen Football Gazette, which was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Benedict, a junior from Greer, S.C. was a key standout on an offensive line that averaged 185.5 rushing yards per-game in 2006 that led to running back Alex Haynes topping the 1,000 yard mark for the season. Benedict graded out at over 90 percent for the season and had over 100 knockdown blocks, topping the Indian offensive line in that category.
Benedict has enjoyed a busy off-season in the postseason honors category. He was named First Team All-American by D2football.com and was also an First Team Little All-American selection by the Associated Press. Benedict was also named a Second Team All-American and a First Team All-Southeast Region selectee by Daktronics. Benedict also was a All-South Atlantic Conference First Team selection and was the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the leagueís top blocker.
Mills, a sophomore from Gray Court, S.C. led the Indian defense and the SAC in interceptions with six. He was a Second Team All-Southeast Region selection by Daktronics and also earned a spot on the All-SAC First Team. Mills also earned national player-of-the-week honors by D2football.com and the Gazette after he recorded a career-high 16 tackles and caused a key fumble and returned it for a touchdown in a thrilling 27-23 victory over Tusculum College on October 29.
Two other Indian players earning second-team nods were seniors Josh Stepp and Tymere Zimmerman. Stepp, a native of Pelion, S.C., re-wrote the record books in his three years as the Indians signal-call. He leaves as the most prolific passer in school history. In 2006, he was named the SACís Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 2,593 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was named to the D2football.comís All-American Second Team and also earned Second Team All-Southeast Region honors by Daktronics.
Zimmerman, a native of Bennettsville, S.C., leaves Newberry holding every single-season and career receiving record. In 2006, he hauled in a team-leading 62 passes for 695 and 12 touchdowns. He earned a spot on the All-SAC First Team for the third consecutive season and is the career conference leader in receptions (250) and touchdown receptions (40). Zimmerman First Team All-American honors by D2football.com as well as being named to the All-Southeast Region Second Team by Daktronics.
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